Lewis Hamilton voted best driver of 2010

2010 F1 season review

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

F1 Fanatic readers have voted Lewis Hamilton the best driver of 2010.

Hamilton, who finished fourth in this year’s world championship, finished ahead of Fernando Alonso, with Robert Kubica a close third.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was voted the fourth best driver of the year.

Here are the “Driver of the Year” poll results in full:

F1 Fanatic Driver of the Year 2010 votes

F1 Fanatic Driver of the Year 2010 votes

Read the comments on the poll here.

Pass of the year: Kubica on Button

Robert Kubica’s pass on Jenson Button in the European Grand Prix was voted the best pass of the year. Watch the pass here.

It was picked as the best pass from a short-list of ten. The runner-up was Rubens Barrichello’s on Michael Schumacher at the Hungaroring.

Here are the ‘Pass of the Year” poll results in full:

F1 Fanatic Pass of the Year 2010 votes

F1 Fanatic Pass of the Year 2010 votes

Read the comments on the poll here.

Best overtaker of the year: Kamui Kobayashi

F1 Fanatic fans voted for Kamui Kobayashi as the driver who did the best overtaking moves in 2010.

Hamilton was runner-up with Kubica in third.

Here are the ‘Overtaker of the Year’ polls results in full:

F1 Fanatic Overtaker of the Year 2010 votes

F1 Fanatic Overtaker of the Year 2010 votes

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215 comments on Lewis Hamilton voted best driver of 2010

  1. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 29th December 2010, 8:28

    Interesting results, kubica deserves the pass of the year, just because he was unable to win driver of year. He showed what excellent talent he has in a lack lust car and keep the racing exciting, as did Hamilton and that’s why he won driver of the year, not because he is British. F1 is the ultimate driving competition with supposedly the best drivers, unfortunately as mentioned in my prior post, money influences to much these days and without a chance to test and prove themselves, finance is playing a bigger roll than talent these days. Drivers such as Hamilton, Kubica, Kobayashi along with the occasional Alonso move make for interesting viewing. I am a Mark Webber fan and think he is a very talented driver, but much prefer to see the prior mentioned drivers “race” than watch the likes of Webber and Button precision driving round the track or the likes of Michael Schumacher bully his way round pushing other drivers that challenge him off the track. I think these 3 drivers won because they are keeping the fans interested in the sport with the way they drive

    • judo chop said on 29th December 2010, 11:12

      “kubica deserves the pass of the year, just because he was unable to win driver of year”

      Not being rude but this an example of the skewed logic that bedevils this site.

  2. Well, this is UK site, so it’s normal. Hamilton had too many DNF and too many mistakes, being pushed by others and forced into errors to be the driver of the year. But, that’s the vox populi :) P.S. I don’t really care about charts at the end of the year, especially. There’s only one chart sitting at the Formula 1 site, and it shows different.

  3. Vince said on 29th December 2010, 8:58

    Far too few votes to be statistically significant. 4 – 5 hundred votes for best driver… you need thousands of votes to get a realistic result, along with a methodology to ensure that the people polled represent a broad spectrum of F1 fans.

    Means nothing unfortunately…

    • xtophe said on 29th December 2010, 11:06

      Yes, actual statistical correction would probably make this a valid poll for scientific research.

      Please get a grip on reality. Statistics are always flawed in one way or another and polls that are run by newspapers hardly even reach the number of respondents this poll has.

      To meet your goal you would need to sample the entire population of F1 viewers. Then you’d need to select a method, which in itself is ofcourse some sort of bias, because you as a researcher have opted for one method and not for another.

      “Les statistiques sont comme les bikinis, elles montrent beaucoup, mais cachent l’essentiel.”

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th December 2010, 10:39

      Anyway, that’s why it is good the number of votes are shown too: you can make up your own mind about the sample size. The poll isn’t claiming to be The Truth, is it?

  4. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 29th December 2010, 9:46

    Hamilton wasn’t the best driver this year. He didn’t do anything special this year, and I think it was the worst Hamilton’s season in his F1 career. He was much sharper in previuos seasons.

  5. Steve said on 29th December 2010, 9:57

    Really Osvaldas31 ? His worst year ??

    So when he won the championship during a year where he ran up the back side of 2 other title contenders when he didn’t see a red light at the end of the pit straight warrants for a better year ? And lets not get into detail of his other embarrassing blunders that year. That mistake on its own is an absolute shocker and IMO doesn’t deserve a world championship. period !

    As far as his driving goes, that year was a poorer effort from him yet he won the championship.

    This year, he drove as good as he has since he was Alonso’s team mate in 07.

    Hamilton himself said he only rates his form this year a 6/10. So whats he trying to say ? His form was worse than MOST other drivers on the grid ? Or worse than every title contender ?

    what a load of hoo ha !

    • Patrickl said on 29th December 2010, 13:57

      Well it was Hamilton’s worst result so far. And still he was in contention of the WDC.

      That must not sit well with the Hamilton haters.

      • His worst year as far his placing yes. But in regards to his driving, his worst year was 08. The year he won the championship.

        • I agree with that. But you have to take into account the banning of traction control, and Lewis was still relatively young and inexperienced in F1 years.
          He has however, driven better since then…in 2009 for example, understated, but probably his best year in terms of driving.

    • Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 29th December 2010, 16:06

      Yes, this year he made fewer mistakes, but he didn’t have that speed and sharpness as in the first season in F1.

      • Thats right. His best year so far from a driving perspective was his first. And that was because he was pushed to the limit by Alonso. No other driver has pushed him as hard.

        • i agree. Alonso made him focus on everything.

          • Brian Baum said on 1st January 2011, 4:02

            PJA wrote: “I like how you make allowances for Alonso’s season because he had a difficult car but say it doesn’t matter what the McLaren was like when looking at Hamilton’s performance.”

            I’m speechless PJA. Seriously, did you bother to read ANYTHING I wrote??

            Since it’s clear you didn’t, this comment of mine is just about one inch above yours: “Like Alonso, I think Hamilton did a GREAT job with a car that clearly wasn’t as good as the Red Bull. But I still think Alonso did a better job with what he had to work with. Like the team bosses and the other F1 drivers, I think Alonso was the driver of the year.”

            Credit where credit is due. Happy now?

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th December 2010, 10:41

      I guess he means that he thinks he could have done more, maybe have been smarter at the start of the year, but okay given the car and the competition.

  6. Elvis Barnet said on 29th December 2010, 10:37

    Hmmm.

    Based on the performances in 2010, Hamilton was clearly not the ‘best driver of 2010′.

    Can people read the criteria and not vote ‘favourite driver’ instead?

    Otherwise, Heaven forbid, it makes the users of this site look like they don’t really understand F1

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 29th December 2010, 11:05

      Probably they don’t, but Keith does, and his previous article heavily influenced some people. Let’s be clear, I’m not accusing Keith of anything, I’m just stating the fact. That’s how psychology works, people want to identify themselves with some kind of authority, in our case – Keith, so more or less subconsciously they blindly follow his opinion, modifying their own just to fit the “authority’s” opinion. There’s also fitting in with majority mechanism, the current leader of the vote always gets extra votes, because people want to be in the majority, want to be those who were “right”. If it’s possible, I would suggest modifying polls so they would not show the results until closing.

      • xtophe said on 29th December 2010, 11:08

        Am I wrong in thinking that the poll result doesn’t pop up unless you a) click a link b) have already voted?

        • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 29th December 2010, 11:13

          It does, but that doesn’t mean people won’t talk about it in the comments) while the voting is till on (see the rigged Pass of the year vote and comments regarding results while voting was still on), influencing others who didn’t vote yet. I think the result should be displayed only after Keith closed the poll.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th December 2010, 23:56

        What nonsense. People can vote however they choose.

        • Keith surely you see that writing an article that makes a case for who you believe the best driver of 2010 to be and opening a pole at the same time on the same site will have effect the readership and how they vote.

          Many people will believe what you wrote and vote accordingly, it’s not a criticism it’s just a fact of the human psyche. That’s how advertising and propaganda work.

          http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/why-you-cant-help-believing-everything-you-read.php

          • Jameson said on 30th December 2010, 4:04

            Way to point to an utterly asinine article and study that have no actual bearing on the implication that this site is biased toward British drivers (which of course it is not).

            The so-called study is implying that if you interrupt people while they are processing information, the subject will then not be able to effectively comprehend the information resulting in the inability to make an informed decision. How do I get a cushy job where I can con money from the taxpayers so I can point out the obvious to numb-skulls?

            How does the study have no bearing on the poll results, you ask? Polls are entirely based in opinion–not facts, fabrications, and comprehension as with what the study is concerned. If we are basing everything purely on facts, then Vettel was clearly the best driver as he won the WDC, and the worst driver is Klien as he was last. However, as naming someone the “best” of anything is entirely subjective, you simply cannot claim that someone expressing their opinion in the matter will have any effect on the opinion of another person. This is evidenced in the fact that there are a number of disparities between the poll results and Keith’s rankings.

            Additionally, don’t have people read something that tells them not to believe everything that they read in order to make your point–it’s obviously counter-intuitive. I’m not entirely certain that the numbers quoted in the article are even properly represented.

          • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th December 2010, 10:48

            What I find interesting about reading this site is that if Keith has an opinion, he tries to find reasons why he holds that opinion, and in rating the drivers, he gives pros and cons after every race, and did so again in the season reviews, inviting people to agree or disagree with reasons for why they do so.

            You can call that “influencing”, but others might reasonably call it discussing an opinion with facts and reasoning. How is one supposed to make up ones mind? And is this best done when one is uninformed but opinionated, or from weighing facts and after discussing differing viewpoints?

            Gut feeling can’t really be excluded from human decision making, but we can at least try to do better than that, and F1fanatic has been doing a great job at it.

          • Jameson – I can’t be bothered to spell it out for you, I’d suggest reading all the relevant articles again and thinking about it a bit harder.

            How do I get a cushy job where I can con money from the taxpayers so I can point out the obvious to numb-skulls?

            Sounds like your looking for a job on the BBC news desk.

          • surley people who vote on this site dont only visit this site for information on f1..for them to be influenced by keiths article it must be the only information thay have on the subject….and f1 is not advetising

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th December 2010, 19:58

      Some people actually try to see the driver performance seperate from the car performance.

      I’d have to say that the current top 3 would exactly fit my list. I’d say Rosberg should be ahead of Vettel and Button should be ahead of Webber. Then it would be perfect.

  7. Rob Wilson said on 29th December 2010, 12:09

    I’m a Hamilton fan through and through but i don’t think he was the best driver this year, i actually thought it was his worst year of his 4 in f1, bar Montreal and Spa it wasnt majorly impressive, good yes, but the best in 2010, no. Alonso for me was the best driver in 2010 closely followed by Vettel and Kubica. I hope Hamilton in 2011 is more like the Hamilton of 07/08, and please god make the MP4-26 competitive from the start!

    • I dont know what kind of Hamilton fan you are but I, as one of them, DONT want him to return to the driving of 2008. People tend to forget his earlier drives in the season but for the first ten races he was conclusively the best driver out there, getting every ounce of performance from his car. He got punted in Australia where from 11th, he was challenging for a podium!!!
      Not to mention had the Singapore move stuck, most media would be singing his praises. Lewis was awesome in 2010

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th December 2010, 20:00

        Yeah it’s amazing how quickly people forget. They just seem to remember the last race and the end classification.

        Vettel was a wreck during the first 2/3 of the season while Hamilton was performing near perfect every race.

        He made one bad mistake (in Monza) and got rammed by Webber in Singapore. All of a sudden he’s “making too maniy mistakes”.

  8. Maksutov said on 29th December 2010, 12:39

    Your obsession with Hamilton is a little overrated, and its getting old.

    Hamilton is a great driver or even excellent driver no doubt, but lets put it simply, it doesn’t matter what hypothetical scenario or statistic you/we look at, if Hamilton was the best driver in 2010 then he would have been the 2010 F1 World champion. But he wasn’t and therefore he is not.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th December 2010, 13:43

      I’m not sure who you’re addressing with that ‘your’? I was going to run the results of these polls regardless of who won.

    • I agree.

      I like Hamilton but all the deluded accolades and capricious statements he is subject to make it hard to support him.

    • Patrickl said on 29th December 2010, 14:00

      So the fact that Hamilton was driving a car that was on average 1 second per lap slower than the Red Bull and STILL he was close to the WDC doesn’t mean anything?

      That Vettel blundered his way through the season and was even almost beaten by a midfielder like Webber means nothing either?

      • Brian Baum said on 29th December 2010, 14:58

        Sure it means something… It means Hamilton was good enough to finish fourth in 2011, but he was NOT the best driver. Not even close.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th December 2010, 16:32

          17 points away in a relatively slow car. Ignoring the point that was just put in front of you isn’t a wise thing to do.

          • Brian Baum said on 29th December 2010, 18:12

            Alonso wrung the neck of his Ferrari which was also a dog for much of the year and he just missed the title by four points. Like Hamilton, he made mistakes, but he overcame them better and finished second not fourth in the championship. From your logic, that should actually make Alonso the best driver this year.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th December 2010, 22:21

            Brian Baum said Hamilton “wasn’t even close”. I’m referring to the fact that Hamilton definitely was arguably the best driver this season. along with Nando.

            Besides, Hamilton had to make do with an even slower car than Alonso, and no team orders.

          • Brian Baum said on 29th December 2010, 23:00

            David, I disagree that Hamilton was the best or was even up with Alonso this season. Was Hamilton’s car as good as the Red Bull, no and neither was the Ferrari. I’m saying Alonso was able to get more out of his car. The McLaren wasn’t as slow as you imply. In addition to the wins Button and Hamilton earned, they could have also won at Monza and Abu Dhabi. McLaren CLEARLY used team orders, they were just not as obvious about it as Ferrari was in Germany.

            Overall, the finishing order is pretty much correct as to who were the best drivers in 2010. VET should have brought the WDC in much earlier, ALO put in some amazing drives to lead the championship into the final race (in a much slower car than the two Bulls), WEB had his opportunities but lost it all in Korea, and you know how I feel about HAM’s season.

            To say Hamilton was the best in 2010, you would have to go back to 2005 and give Schumacher driver of the year. His car was a pig and the tyres didn’t work well with the chassis. Yet he finished in third place (ahead of Montoya in the much faster McLaren). Somehow I doubt you would give him the same credit that you want to bestow on Hamilton.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th December 2010, 23:06

            It’s pretty much a given that the McLaren was slower than the Ferrari. Especially at the beginning and end of the season.

            Other than that. Hamilton lost more points due to car failures and Webber’s brain failures than Alonso. More importantly, Alonso lost more points due to his own mistakes than Hamilton did.

            Anyway, obviously the majority of voters here can see this. Indeed Alonso was pretty close behind Hamilton, but still … behind.

          • From McLaren’s own blog:

            Tim’s an extremely competitive guy. His email said it all: “I don’t like being second-quickest,” he wrote. “Worse still, is being told incorrectly that we’re third-quickest.”

            His displeasure stemmed from several recent reports firmly contending that our MP4-25 car was the season’s third-fastest chassis. Not true, wrote Tim, and – like any good engineer – he had the data to back it up.

            Over the course of the 2010 season, said Tim, our qualifying pace was just 0.001s per lap slower than third-placed Ferrari – negligible. On race pace alone, he asserted, the MP4-25 was actually 0.136s per lap quicker than the Ferrari.

            Overall, then, this means our car was 0.074s per lap faster than the Ferrari.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2010, 0:31

            I addressed that very quote in this article where I explained how the McLaren was usually slower than the Ferrari:

            2010 in stats part three: car performance

            But let’s be clear, we’re talking about a pretty small margin either way.

          • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 0:34

            You certainly could go race by race and find plus and minus points for each of the top drivers. HAM dodged bullets when he passed the safety car and raced VET in the pit lane. He also came within inches of disaster at Spa…. Of course there were ALO’s two epic passes on HAM late in the season, the huge error at Monza and impatience that cost him at Singapore. Add them up and that is almost half the races.

            Not giving VET credit for winning the championship is wrong. Unlike Hamilton in 2007, VET didn’t fold under the pressure. Yes, VET is still a bit wild, but he will grow out of it. As I said above, the final order is pretty much correct.

          • There wasn’t much between any of the top three teams, clearly Red Bull had an edge for most of the season but Ferrari and McLaren had competitive cars and were in with a shout.

            You have to go back to the original question really:

            Which driver did the best job throughout the whole of 2010?

            Not to be confused with who is the best driver, who is the fastest etc. How many people do you think considered pre-season testing?

            It’s a fairly informal and undefined question. It’s a popularity contest really where most people will vote based on their lasting impression of the season, however that came to be, and who they favour.

            I guess if had voted it would have been for Vettel for the simple reason that he won the championship although that would have been an unconsidered choice.

            If your seriously looking at which driver did the best job then a considered choice might be Timo Glock, since he arguably had the most to offer his team.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 30th December 2010, 4:37

            I’m saying Alonso was able to get more out of his car.

            What, 6 (not 13) points more out of a slightly faster car? Of course Hamilton was at least up there with Alonso. You’re remembering Alonso’s fantastic second half of the season, but being ignorant of his largely patchy first half.

          • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 6:24

            David A said “You’re remembering Alonso’s fantastic second half of the season, but being ignorant of his largely patchy first half.”

            Thanks for making my point for me, David. Yes, Alonso had a terrible first half. But he was able to turn his season around. Hamilton led the championship for five out of six races, Canada through Spa, before self-destructing at Monza. Alonso then stepped it up and had the results he needed when it really counted. That’s why the team bosses and his fellow drivers voted Alonso the best driver in 2010.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 30th December 2010, 17:22

            You’ve still failed to convince anyone that LH “wasn’t even close” to being best driver of the year. Hamilton’s equally fantastic 1st half can’t simply be disregarded in the final reckoning.

            You’re making far too much out of him apparently “self-destructing” post Monza, since that was his only bad race (with Singapore largely viewed as a racing incident, if not Webber’s fault). Hamilton made the least errors of the top 4 and still had the speed to be a serious challenger. That’s why F1Fanatic viewers voted Hamilton as the best driver of the year.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 30th December 2010, 22:51

            Hamilton had a whole lot more car trouble than Alonso did. Alonso had only one retirement (Malaysia). Hamilton’s car broke down in Spain and in Hungary. That cost him a lot of points. It also slowed him down in Japan.

            Alonso lost 4 points due to mechanical failures. Hamilton 32.

        • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th December 2010, 11:02

          I don’t know why he wasn’t “even close”. Fact is, he actually was very close – at the start of the last race he was in a way closer than Webber to getting the WDC, because Red Bull seems to have decided, sensibly, to sacrifice Webber to give Vettel a good chance.

          Vettel and Red Bull should have been able to get the WDC done much earlier – Alonso/Ferrari and Hamilton/McLaren did well to stay so close. In the last third of the season, McLaren seemed to struggle with getting the car right. Hamilton made some mistakes because they needed to take a risk or he would be out of the WDC race (I think Monza was also showing that they were nervous). During this part of the season Alonso/Ferrari were doing very well.

          In the earlier part Alonso/Ferrari were the team that didn’t seem sure of what they were doing, having lucked into a Bahrain win, but finding themselves a bit slower than they expected, leading Alonso to be on edge and making mistakes, and the team to not always be on the ball with strategy.

          These two teams did very well, as did their highest placed drivers. If the Red Bull hadn’t been so much faster, I think both would have made less errors, and the fight would have been solely between these two. I don’t know who would have won it, but I do think it is hard to argue with them being the best two drivers. Maybe Kubica will prove to be up with them, but he just wasn’t under the same pressure as these two, Webber, and Vettel this year.

      • Maksutov said on 30th December 2010, 14:15

        So the fact that Hamilton was driving a car that was on average 1 second per lap slower than the Red Bull and STILL he was close to the WDC doesn’t mean anything?

        No, I didn’t say that. But maybe the reason Hamilton was close in points is because other teams made silly decisions throughout the season? Red bull certainly did.

        But to judge who is the best under these circumstances is impossible. Also, 1 sec/lap is a little over-exaggerated, especially considering the qualifying times. The only way to determine with “absolute certainty” which car, and therefore which team, was the fastest or slowest (and by what margin), is to have the same driver test every single car and then see what happens. Certainly some cars will suit certain drivers more than others and vice verse. And for all we know maybe Hamilton would have been slower in a Red Bull.

        But I dunno about Webber being a midfielder though. I disagree with that.

        • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 18:27

          “You’ve still failed to convince anyone that LH “wasn’t even close” to being best driver of the year.”

          OK, how’s this…
          Vettel won the world championship, was the fastest all year and finished ahead of Hamilton.
          Alonso had a difficult car but finished within four point of the championship after having a crappy first half of the season and finished ahead of Hamilton.
          Webber had a great run and could have won, regardless, he finished ahead of Hamilton.
          I could care less that Hamilton car was a little slower, broke like a china plate when touched or that it managed its tyres worse than the other cars. Get over it. He finished fourth. The other drivers were better.
          Here’s a question for you. If Alonso won the WDC this year, would you still have voted Hamilton as the best driver? Seriously??

          • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 18:31

            David A: One more thing. You wrote “Hamilton made the least errors of the top 4 and still had the speed to be a serious challenger.”

            That sums my point exactly… Yes, Hamilton made the least errors and still had the speed to be a serious challenger AND HE STILL FINISHED FOURTH.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 30th December 2010, 20:05

            Brian Baum: you don’t understand that his car clearly lacked pace compared to Red Bull and Ferrari. That’s why he finished fourth, only 16 points off Vettel. Car performance and driver ability are two different things.

            I’m afraid that you still haven’t made a valid point and are still wrong.

          • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 20:51

            David A:
            Clearly I can’t change your mind, and you can’t change mine.

            If finishing second is the first loser, than finishing fourth is the third loser. Hamilton was third loser this year. Better luck in 2011.

            Have a Happy New Year.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 30th December 2010, 22:28

            Well, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

            When looking at the final standings, car performance has to be considered.

            Happy New Year.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 30th December 2010, 22:54

            “If Alonso won the WDC this year, would you still have voted Hamilton as the best driver? Seriously??”

            Well that blunder in Abu Dhabi is certainly held against him.

            But yeah, even despite that, Hamilton is much closer than you would assume he would be driving a car that is about a second a lap slower than the top car and breaks down a lot more than the second fastest car.

            How on earth can you claim that driver quality is only determined by number of points amassed. That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

          • Brian Baum said on 30th December 2010, 23:28

            “How on earth can you claim that driver quality is only determined by number of points amassed. That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard.”

            I guess you haven’t READ any of my previous posts… Of course it has more to do with the number of points amassed:

            Alonso was better than Hamilton for several reasons. 1. He had the disadvantage of coming into a new team, a new car and a new system. 2. He made a lot of mistakes early and had some very bad luck that made a horrible start to his season, putting him nearly 50 points down at mid-year. 3. His outstanding driving at the end of the season put him on top of the tables at the final race.

            Hamilton had his bad luck/bad driving at the end of the season and it cost him. There honestly wasn’t a prayer of HAM becoming champion at Abu Dhabi unless VET, ALO and WEB all had heart attacks and died at the same time. Monza and the following three poor races truly finished his chances of the WDC this year.

            Like Alonso, I think Hamilton did a GREAT job with a car that clearly wasn’t as good as the Red Bull. But I still think Alonso did a better job with what he had to work with. Like the team bosses and the other F1 drivers, I think Alonso was the driver of the year.

            Tell you what. Since neither Alonso or Hamilton won the WDC. Let’s call it a draw and give Hamilton the best driver of 2010 up to Italy, and give Alonso best driver of 2010 after Monza.

          • I like how you make allowances for Alonso’s season because he had a difficult car but say it doesn’t matter what the McLaren was like when looking at Hamilton’s performance.

  9. Ed Bone said on 29th December 2010, 13:34

    As a huge Hamilton fan I am nonetheless surprised to see him top the poll, but it’s worth reflecting that had he been just slightly more cautious in Monza, and also Singapore, it might have been a completely different outcome for him going into the last race.

    Hamilton knows he can do better, he said so himself, but his style is unashamedly that of a born racer, making him easily the most entertaining driver on the grid, and surely this has something to do with his popularity in this particular poll?

  10. Electrolite said on 29th December 2010, 13:36

    Yawn yawn yawn. Still the old battle between People who Like Hamilton vs People who do like Hamilton.

    Anyway, to express my views I wouldn’t have had Hamilton as the top driver, simply because of his numerous avoidable retirements in the second half of the year. He’s been amazing don’t get me wrong. I think the likes of Kubica have been just as impressive if not better, and Alonso’s recovery was astonishing. But the people have spoken! Can’t wait to see what the order will be this time next year :)

    Bring on the 2011 car launches now…

    • Well, no it’s not a battle – I like both Hamilton and Alonso (what an irony), I can’t dismiss his talent (LH), but he simply wasn’t better than Vettel or Alonso. Or, if we’re going to argue – what makes a driver best ? Our personal subjective perception of the matters or some dry facts ? Winning the WDC as a main factor ? No, I don’t think so, Red Bulls just had the best car, and they – Mark Webber or Vettel would’ve become champion a lot earlier if it wasn’t the engine issues. The best driver cannot have 4 DNF. Vettel had 4 as well, Alonso -3, Webber – 2, just for the sake of statistics.

      • 4 DNFs? Are people really this daft? 2 of which were mechanically related, 1 of which was deemed a ‘racing incident’, and 1 which was a tad opportunistic…
        1 self inflicted retirement isnt that bad I think.

  11. I think in a season where all the top drivers have made as many mistakes as each other it is probably only fair to say Vettel, who came out on top, has been the best driver.

  12. Brian Baum said on 29th December 2010, 13:52

    Why is this comment awaiting moderation?

  13. Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 29th December 2010, 15:18

    Living proof of how partisans Lewis fans are. He said it was his most average drive since he was on F1. But, no. Don’t believe Lewis, the fanboy base word has come, praise the lord…..

    My gosh….

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th December 2010, 20:01

      It was his most average season and still he was best! That’s why people are a fan of him. Not the other way around.

    • judo chop said on 29th December 2010, 23:32

      No it’s not, Hamilton didn’t say “it was his most average drive since he was on F1″ because 1. He said nothing of the sort 2. The term “most average” is nonsense. For a phony quote can’t you invent better “proof”? Hamilton gave himself 6/10 which considering his car and championship position could be construed as being big-headed. If we were to join you in your new found readiness to take him at his word it would mean that – with an extra 40% his powers to draw on – Lewis has the ability to win the championship in this season’s HRT!

      keep hating!

    • Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 30th December 2010, 8:00

      LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!!!
      :-))

  14. Looking at how Lewis is apparently soo unpopular among readers of this site(judging by Keith’s article responses after he rated him no.1), its a wonder he was even voted as the top driver.
    What does that tell us?? Either there seem to be a majority of F1 fans who rate Lewis as the best driver of the lot and dont care about all the other B.S, or the haters actually secretly love watching Lewis.
    Funnily enough, the risk-averse trend has been to name Robert Kubica, every year as the ‘Best Driver’, because he apparently is a god-driver among men, mistake free in every sense of that word.
    Had Keith chosen him, there wouldnt be cries of favouritism and obsession and whatnot,the commenters would be falling over themselves to agree. The hypocrisy is pathetic.

    I think as an unbiased fan, really and truly, where one to watch the entire season, observe the differences in car performance…I think one would be hard put not to put Lewis in as the best driver this year.

    • Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 29th December 2010, 15:27

      Lewis himself doesn’t believe it, my friend. He said it was his worst year so far….

  15. JamesC1991 said on 29th December 2010, 16:01

    Well Hamilton winning driver of the year,certainly won’t disagree with that.

    Seb fan here but you Hamilton haters need to go and find a brain,from Germany onwards the Mclaren was half a second to a second and a half slower depending on which event and outperformed the car.

    Too say he didn’t deserve it cause of mistakes is nonsense.

    His only mistakes were Monza,Japan and Germany practice sessions.Singapore Webber’s fault imo.
    look at the other contenders and there bad moments

    Seb:Turkey and Belgium all his fault,Hungary utter stupidity,slight error in Qualifying in Singapore

    Webber:smashed into Lewis is Oz and then hit Heikki in Valencia,Singapore hit Lewis and got very lucky,Korea obviously and then a pathetic race in Abu Dhabi.

    Alonso:jump start in China,practice in Monaco,contact with Massa in Silverstone,crash in Belgium.

    Hamilton really made the least mistakes out of these 4 drivers so there you go Hamilton haters.

    Overtake of the season,don’t agree with the majority.
    I had 2,Hamilton on Rosberg in Melbourne and Kubica’s move on Sutil in Singapore,2 incredible overtakes.

    Overtaker of the year,I agree wtih,had to be Kobayashi,sensational overtakes in Valencia and Japan despite obviously having fresher tyres in both races.

    • James.Each driver made dozens of mistakes thgrough out the year when you disect the races. And all those small errors in some ways in some races made a difference to their final position in a race. Your just looking at the big picture.

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